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start." i'm ashleigh banfield. >> and i'm christine romans for you this morning. zoraida is off again today. 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started. al qaeda's attack plans found hidden in porn. police uncovering embedded files on a memory card meant only for senior leadership to see. we have exclusive details of future plots, including taking over a cruise ship. may day protests all around the world. occupy wall street trying to regroup and calling for a day without the 99%. no work, no shopping, no banking. hoping for a nationwide disruption. and rescue 411. a 4'11" firefighter just the right size to save a little baby who fell 20 feet down a drain pipe. we'll be talking to the hero. up first this morning, pure gold. it's how intelligence officials are describing over 100 internal al qaeda documents that detailed past attacks and future terror targets.
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here is something incredible. the information was embedded in a porn movie. it was uncovered by german authorities after they arrested an al qaeda operative last year and that operative was searched. and that's when police found his underwear and inside, a memory card. the microchip had a pornographic video on it. when the authorities went further and dug deeper with be they found a treasure trove of information embedded in the film. nic robertson is live in london this morning. you had so many exclusive breaks because of this trove of information, talk to me first, if you will, about this frightening situation detailing how cruise ships could end up being targets. >> there were 141 secret al qaeda documents and some of those documents, according to u.s. and german counterterrorism officials, they believe, were written by very senior al qaeda members. one of those documents was al qaeda's future plans. and part of the future plans,
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according to a journalist who has also seen and had direct information about those documents, indicate that al qaeda want to start targeting cruise ships.ç >> it says that we could hijack a passenger ship on the sea. and then use it to pressure -- to pressurize the public. what he most likely means is that they would then start executing passengers. >> and that they would dress these passengers in orange jump suits, similar to the prisons in gitmo and upload those executions to the internet. that is just one type of attack al qaeda wants to move to. they want to move to mumbai, shoot 'em up style attacks like we saw in india, 2008, 164 people killed by ten gunmen. a twin track strategy to have big operations like 9/11 if they
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can but because they can't pull those off, have lots smaller, low-cost operations as well, actually. >> nic, these are the things they may want to do but we all know that many of the missions that this country has been involved in in the last decade has made things difficult for al qaeda, so do they have the capability anymore? >> even they are concerned about that. in the range of 141 documents, there are documents who detail some of the past attacked, a plot that happened here in london. they provide a valuable insight. what al qaeda is saying in the future works document is they are concerned that morale is slipping because they are losing key operators to drone strikes. they recognize the counterterrorism officials are able to spy on them better, know better what they are doing. even, they say, some of their own operatives are not even plotting or planning to do anything because they're so concerned about being caught. but what we have seen is, laid
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out in these future plans documents, over the past couple of years, al qaeda continues to try to achieve those same goals. >> nic robertson, live in london. thank you for that. just a reminder to our viewers, over the next two hours we'll bring a lot more information to you. remarkable stuff from the treasure trove of intelligence. >> it sure is. one year ago today, president obama made a heart-stopping announcement that changed the world. >> tonight, i can report to the american people and to the world that the united states has conducted an operation that killed osama bin laden, the leader of al qaeda. >> fast forward one year and osama bin laden is still influencing u.s. politics. in fact, the raid that killed him is fast becoming the number one topic on the campaign trail. the president touting his role in the operation and questioning whether his rival mitt romney would have achieved the same result.
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>> you would have given the order, governor? >> is there criticism -- >> even jimmy carter would have given that order. >> i said i'll go after bin laden if we had a clear shot at him and i did. if there are others two have said one thing and now suggest they'd do somethingç else, the i'd go ahead and let them explain it. >> romney may get a chance to do just that when he visits a new york city firehouse to mark the one-year anniversary of bin laden's death. he'll be joined by former new york mayor rudy giuliani. may day protests kicking off right now all over the world. today is international workers day. labor groups are protesting for better working conditions, more jobs and higher wages. several thousand workers marched in japan earlier this morning and tens of thousands in russia. president-elect vladimir putin and dmitry medvedev are taking
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parts in demonstrations there. here in the united states, mass protests are expected in more than 100 cities. the golden gate ferry will shut down because of a strike. occupy activists called off a plan to take over the golden gate bridge. the groups are planning other demonstrations and calling for a nationwide strike, a day without the 99%. remember the night when lions, tigers and cheetahs ran wild in ohio? now a widow is get back five of the exotic animals her husband set free before he allegedly committed suicide on that night. husband terry thompson released more than 50 animals back in october. most of them were killed by authorities. but five survived. two leopards, two monkeys and a bear. they had been kept in quarantine but now, state officials have cleared the animals of dangerous or contagious disease. thompson's widow plans to keep them on her farm. ahead at 6:30, we're talking
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to the man who took care of those animals while in quarantine. find out why he says it's not a good idea for them to return to their old conditions. chris christie is insisting that he is not exactly vice presidential material. yet he is not ruling it out, either. the new jersey governor was speaking to a group of high school students yesterday when one of them, very brave, asked if he would consider being mitt romney's running mate? >> what i said before, i have no interest in being vice president but if governor romney calls and asks me to sit down and talk to him about it, i owe the party that level of respect. he might be able to convince me. he's a convincing guy. >> that cameraman knew to zoom in on that answer. chris christie has consistently been mentioned as a top candidate for the number two job along with ohio senator rob portman, marco rubio and paul ryan. >> he's heard that question before. he'll hear it again. >> yes. a gut-wrenching day on the
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witness stand for sherri young. she broke down in tears as she testified how the former senator asked her family to hide his affair for the good of the country. after taking a break, the judge then dismissed the jury early. she's expected back on the stand this morning. >> in georgia, a 1-year-old boy falls 20 feet down this storm drain. >> wow. >> firefighters are called into the scene. but they're just too darn big to fit down that drain. so they called in their special weapon. that's çher. in the middle. look at the size of her. she's 4'11", she's a firefighter. she just got rid of her gear and squeezed down into that one-foot opening and rescued the boy. >> it was kind of hard to manipulate him. he was afraid and just grabbing. i couldn't bring him up. i to push him up over my head. i have boys. so it's kind of personal and it just makes it all worth coming
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to work and being dropped down a hole to hand them their baby back. >> ms. tulles, you are a hero. darnell brown is take today. look at that 1-year-old. he escaped with minor scrapes an a couple of bruises and one heck of a story to tell. we should let you know, too, lucky us, firefighter rosa tulles will be one of our guests. she'll tell us what it was like to squeeze down into a one-foot opening and rescue that 1-year-old baby boy. gas prices, they keep going down. the new national average stands at $3.81 a gallon. down about 10 cents over the past couple of weeks. gas prices affect everything, particularly airlines. we'll have a good story for you in 15 minutes about delta airlines and what it's doing to make sure it keeps its jet fuel flowing, no matter what happens to prices or supplies in the northeast. >> and here's a hint. this one on her way home from work just doesn't go pick up
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last year. they include plans to seize cruise ships and execute cruise ship passengers. the inspector general of the department of homeland security has announced he is launching a separate investigation into that prostitution scandal at the secret service. nine service members have resign or forced out with three others cleared of serious misconduct. for the first time, the obama administration is publicly justifying the use of drone strikes on suspected terrorist. john brennan says jone strikes are carefully vetted. when there's a risk to americans, the united states will strike. >> as president obama said here five years ago, if another nation cannot or will not take action, we will. and it is unfortunate fact that toave many innocent lives, we are sometimes obliged to take lives. the lives of terrorists who seek to murder our fellow citizens.
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>> brennan also voiced concern that as more countries obtain drone technology they might use it against the united states. pakistan, a country where the u.s. has green lighted numerous drone strikes, condemned the strikes saying they have killed too many civilians. unbelievably crazy video out of sydney, australia, a man falling 60 feet off of a scaffolding. amazingly, he's okay. it happened at the cream fields music festival. a man was able to sneak past security and climb that scaffolding. parentally suffered only minor injuries with that drop. witnesses say once he got to the top -- or once he got up after the fall he gave the thumbs up. he was transferred to a hospital and officials say he was later discharge. are you ready for this last nugget? he went right back to the music festival. that's hard core, folks. hard core. >> all right. i see here falling man.
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look, honey, i raise you a bear. look, honey, there's a bear in the backyard. it was spotted in suburban denver wandering down a sidewalk. it hopped a five-foot fence and chilled in the owner's backyard. the owners say they have children who play out there. everyone was inside at the time. officers tranquilized the bear and it went to bed in the backyard before they took it back to the wild. >> what's with you and bear stories. >> noio. . >> i don't know. >> da bears. >> i grew up in a rural area. this was a normal scene. we used to see bears in our backyard often. again, very rural, not denver. let's get a quick check of the day's weather. that means it's time for rob marciano. good morning, sunshine. >> good morning, guys. spring is here. the bears are out. that's for sure. temperatures are record breaking, sometimes 15 to 20 degrees above average. that warmth will be making its
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way up toward the north as well. a beautiful, couple days across new york city area. that's the warm front. temperatures bounce northward. temps into the 70s. in some cases close to 80 degrees. some thunderstorms rolling through the midwest last night. in most cases it was severe in the form of hail. check out this video out of northern texas. baseball size hail. it was coming down pretty good, damaging stuff there. six reports of tornadoes out of this cluster of thunderstorms that is now making its way across parts of arkansas. and southwest missouri. with this also came not only that big hail but some big rainfall. some radar estimates of 10 plus inches across northern oklahoma and southern kansas, because of that, there are flash flood warnings and flash flood watches out right now because of swollen rivers, 2 to 4 inches of additional rainfall on top of what they've already seen. another batch of severe weather further to the north later on. large hail, damaging winds and
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isolated tornados from kansas city up toç omaha through minneapolis as well. here's your heat. temperatures in d.c. could get to 85 degrees. 74 degrees in new york city. the early spring continues, actually. i guess we'd call this early summer. stay cool up there. >> thanks, rob marciano. get a look at your papers with be water cooler stories that are talk worthy. this one comes from the cleveland plane dealer. it is a shocking revelation in that amish beard cutting case. the leader of the group, who's accused of cutting the beards of other religious enemies is now being represented by a taxpayer funded public defender. but it's been discovered that he has millions in the bank. particularly from oil on his farm. >> what? >> yeah! >> his name is samuel mullet. he got more than $2 million in march for leasing pat of his
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farm to oil and gas companies. the judge is ruling that he can keep the public defender but has to pay twice the hourly rate. he's been ordered to pay $125 an hour for legal work performed before the ruling was made, too. sorry, buddy. >> that's an interesting twist. the orlando sentinel reporting on ofs to change florida's stand your ground law in the wake of the trayvon martin case. chris smith has released some documents. the panel stopped short of recommending a full repeal of the law although a majority felt a repeal was in order. that panel says the law has been inconsistently applied by law enforcement and the courts. it urged a repeal of the part of the law thatten grats a person in unity from arrest. it urged use of a grand jury to review these cases and better record-keeping to see how often and why this law is invoked, so kind of track it statistically. florida governor rick scott put his own task force together.
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>> i think a lot of people will watch that, florida or not. >> oh, yes. >> so many states involved. it will be telling. for an expanded look at our stories, head on over to our blog, cnn.com/early start. easy place to go. lots of stuff there. it is a bold idea, brash really but will it work? coming up, delta airlines, delta airlines flies planes, right? now it gets into the oil business. to try to save on jet fuel. [ pilot ] flying teaches me to prepare for turbulence. the key is to have a good strategy. the same goes for my retirement. with the plan my financial advisor and i put together, a quick check and i know my retirement is on course. [ male announcer ] with wells fargo advisor's envision plan, you always know where you stand. in fact, 93 percent of envision plan holders say they will retire on their own terms. get started on the plan you need today -- wells fargo advisors. together we'll go far.
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an oil refinery to check out if the rumors are true. lo and behold. >> it sounds outlandish but it might be brilliant. delta runs on jet fuel. it needs to secure those supplies. as you know, the oil market has been really crazy lately. by buying an oil refinery it has secured 80% of its jet fuel needs, cutting out the middleman ®agd making sure it has its supplies. we've been hearing rumblings about this. it sounded so outlandish at first but analysts say it's starting to make sense. >> tell me what's happening with delta and the refinery. >> they will try something interesting. i think they're looking at it and saying we're tired of paying $10 or more over the price of crude, which is very expensive for jet fuel. >> what delta has secured is the delivery network for jet fuel reaching throughout the northeast including its hubs at new york's jfk and laguardia airports. the price tag for the refinely itself, $150 million to the
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owner, conoco phillips. will it help delta save money? they think so. >> the refinery might cost $150 million, $200 million. that's less than they would pay for a modern 777 aircraft. >> think of that, the price of a plane, they secure their jet fuel supplies. the trainer facility is idled right now. the fact that an airline would want an oil refinery upscores an unfolding drama in the northeast. nearly half of the refining capacity on the east coast has either shut down or could shut down later this year. the big concern here if you have the disruptions happening, potential disruptions in the northeast, delta wants to make sure the planes are taking off at jfk and laguardia, cutting out the middleman. will they make money? the company says maybe $300 million. they are securing supplies of jet fall. that's the most important part here. >> one of the things i remember you saying to me that stuck with me, when you're doubling down on dead dinosaurs it's a
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questionable policy. when i heard that officially you were talking to say for the same price as a modern 777 we could do this. but doesn't the modern 777 have better fuel capacities, better -- >> yes. >> streamlined? >> think about this, the company has said this, if they wanted to switch out to more fuel efficient smaller planes they'd have to use about $2.5 billion of investment. for $150 million they're securing their jet fuel supplies. these planes run on jet fuel. they run on jet fuel. >> i can't wait to see how the markets react. >> we'll be watching delta stock very closely. >> i had a feeling you would be. >> delta stock has been up this year. they've had a nice year. a lot of people asking what it means for airfares. an expert said they won't spike. >> won't go down? up next, 4'11" powerhouse, walking mighty tall these days.
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welcome back to "early start." i'm ashleigh banfield. may dayç protests for works rights happening all over the world right now. a labor network shut down the golden gate ferry this morning. occupy wall street plan to regroup. also making news, over 100 internal al qaeda documents,
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being described as intelligence officials as pure gold. they were found by the german authorities, embedded in a porn video taken from an al qaeda operative last year. also making news this morning, the wife of former john edwards aide andrew young is said to be back on the witness stand this morning. she broke down in tears yesterday after jurors had to be excused after she testified how the former senator asked her family to hide an affair that he was having for the good of the country. christine? a really uplifting story this morning. people are calling firefighter rosa tullis a hero. a 1-year-old fell to the bottom of a 20-foot storm drain and was trapped. firefighters had only one option with the opening only one foot wide.
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send in rosa tullis. wearing only a t-shirt and a pair of pants she was lowered into the drain and rescued this terrified baby. the firefighters heroics left the grandmother speechless. >> oh, wow, thank god. they were relieved. >> the hero firefighter joins us now. she's in the cnn center in atlanta. and daniel's brother also joining us. set it up for me. how did he fall down there? >> he slipped and fell. >> he just slipped and fell? you could hear him crying at the bottom of the drain i take it? >> yes. >> oh, my goodness. you must have been just terrified. that's where the police and fire come on the rescue. rosa, you got there. you took a look at the opening of that drain and you were their only option.
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>> yes, that's correct. it was pretty small. so it was me. >> and you're small. >> yes. >> you're pretty small. >> i'm 4'11". >> you could fit in there. couldn't bring any gear or lower a ladder down, is that correct? >> that's correct. that was the first option we were going to try. putting the ladder down narrowed the opening so that won't going to work. and then the second one, we did the harness and we decided to hoist the baby up and over to have someone to bring him in from the top of the opening. >> you shimmied down with the harness then? >> yes. i was lowered down with the full body harness and rope. >> tell me, when you were coming down, you could hear him at the bottom of the dwayne? >> yes.ç we had seen him because he was moving around. eventually we could see him down there.
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>> what did he do when you got there close to him? >> he was like velcro, i tell you, he was clutching. i could hardly manipulate him because he was terrified. he just really didn't want me to take my hand off of him. it was a little bit difficult and we did not have that much space to maneuver but we were able to kind of get him up to my shoulders and then like a military press over my head. >> rosa, are you claustrophobic? >> i am. >> oh, my goodness. you're claustrophobic but at the bottom you have a crying baby. that must help you get over the kla claustrophobia quickly. >> yes. we had puppies last year in the same type of scenario. that's like the third time. it felt better but it was a smaller space. you have to get the job done.
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>> let me bring you back in. how is he doing now? >> he's good. he's fine. >> what did the pediatrician say? you said the pediatrician, he saw his doctor. he just has some cuts and scrapes but he's going to be okay? >> yes. he went to the pediatrician yesterday. and they said he was all right, just a few minor abrasions. >> wow, rosa, you have boys. were you thinking about your children as you were doing this or just thinking about doing your job. >> my boys are not little anymore. they're 21 and 14. a little bit of both. darnell is similar to my youngest son. as a mother it does play into it a bit. because you, as a parent, can imagine what if that was your child. >> oh, wow. tell me, how did he fall down there? was he playing around? it's such a small opening. you can hardly imagine that he could slip into that little spot. >> he was trying to sit down and fell. >> trying to sit down.
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he was trying to sit down on the edge or trying to sit down and he slipped in there, huh? >> yes. >> i tell you, the one thing about it is, he's so little, he'll never remember any of this. it will be such an interesting story to tell him, mom, but he'll never remember this. rosa, tell me, was it all adrenaline as you were going down? >> yes. it was adrenaline. and the confidence in my crew and their expertise also. it definitely was a joint effort. so i never felt unsafe, but, again, it's the phobia of the cramped space. but it didn't take an extremely long time. >> a curious little bit and a 20-foot long drain, a 4'11" firefighter and a mother this morning who is incredibly relieved i'm sure. rosa, thank you both. give our best and give a kiss to your little guy, please. >> i will. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. >> awesome, rosa tullis.
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christine, thank you for that. it's 37 minutes after the top of the ióur. one year after osama bin laden was killed ware starting to learn more about the leader of al qaeda. months before he was killed bin laden was apparently worried about his legacy and al qaeda's reputation. "the washington post" is reporting that bin laden didn't like the idea of a proposed killing machine that was dubbed the human lawnmower. it was widely talked about on al qaeda websites and involved attaching rotating blades to the front of a pickup truck and driving that pickup truck into crowds. bin laden says he was focused on a bigger target. cnn's peter bergen traveled to the former pakistani compound and got access to the documents found in the raid. >> reporter: bin laden's calling for bigger attacks, kill president obama, kill general petraeus and his guys are pushing back and saying, wait a minute, we're under pressure from the drones, attacking the united states is not that easy. >> bergen also says bin laden's
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new al qaeda reputation was tarnished and that bin laden was very afraid of what u.s. strikes -- drone strikes were doing to that terrorist organization as well. two grandparents have been arrested for taking their granddaughter on a dangerous ride. you will not believe this story. they hitched her hot wheels toy car to the back of their suv with a dog leash and then took her on a little drive. deputies in sarasota county say both of the grandparents were drunk at the time. they say they spotted that little 7-year-old girl trailing behind the suv. parentally she was wearing nothing more than a bathing suit and certainly had no helmet. thankfully that little girl is okay this morning. private flight company space x is making history, successfully test firing the rocket that launched the first ever commercial space capsule to the international space station.
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it will be broadcast live on the space x website. they have a $1.6 billion contract with nasa to conduct missions to the space station. >> interesting. next up on "early start," playing politics with osama bin laden. how the president and his republican rival have turned the death of a terrorist into a campaign talking point. plus, how to have a lot of fun demolishing your home. that's right. >> wow. >> dyi demo. you're watching "early start." >> oh, that is cool. oh, that's cool. i see pride. you know, i have done something worthwhile. when i earned my doctorate through university of phoenix, that pride, that was on my face. i am jocelyn taylor. i'm committed to making a difference in people's lives, and i am a phoenix. visit phoenix.edu to find the program that's right for you. enroll now.
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there is just nothing lick a shot of the capital at 5:42 a.m. on the east coast lit up like a christmas tree. it is beautiful. beautiful thing to be an american. good morning, everybody. nice to have you here with us. so he has been dead for a year now but osama bin laden is still having an impact on us here and our american politics, too. the white house is marking the anniversary of bin laden's
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demise by pumping up the president. questioning whether mitt romney would have even ordered the raid that eliminated the world's most wanted terrorist. so let the politics begin. ♪ >> you would have given the order, governor? >> even jimmy carter would have given that order. >> iç said i'd go after bin lan if we had a clear shot at him and i did. if there are others who have said one thing and now suggest they'd do something else, then i'd go ahead and let them explain it. >> all right. so each accusing the other of capitalizing on bin laden and using it for political gain. cnn's political editor paulhaus play out in washington. one of the nuggets i got on my blackberry is that mitt romney will be meeting at rudy giuliani
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at a fire station in new york today. i found it ironic that everybody has something to say about it but go ahead with business as usual. >> they'll be delivering pizzas to the firemen but 9/11 will be the main topic. we may hear former governor romney mention more of this. you played the sound from yesterday when both candidates jumped into the fray there and had some choice words. here's how the romney campaign responded to the president who was responding to mitt romney earlier in the day. here's what the romney campaign said. it's unfortunate that president obama would prefer to use what was a good day for all americans sas a cheap political ploy. listen, it started, i guess this new round started last thursday when vice president biden in a speech on foreign policy in new york city questioned whether romney as president, if he were president, would have made the same call that obama did.
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the next day, we remember the video from the obama campaign, this starred former president clinton that touted the president's decisionmaking process on taking out osama bin laden. again, questioned whether romney would have made the same call. it's been escalating ever since then. take a listen to this. this is jona goldberg, the conservative columnist and commentator. he was on "piers morgan" last night. >> he said he wouldn't spike the football and all this, we shouldn't gloat about it, running campaign ads, gloating about it and saying the other guy isn't good enough to do the tough things i did. i think it's reprehensible. >> you think it's reprehensible? >> going by obama's own standards i think it's reprehensible. >> he's trying to politicize this, that's one of the criticisms you've heard. he responded by saying, i hardly think you've seen excessive celebration taking place here. ashleigh, we've seen candidates argue about everything else, why not osama bin laden and role of a commander in chief. >> sometimes it's hard to tell
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whether you're touting your accomplishments or spiking the football. i think that's always fun for a campaign to part. let me talk about this new cnn poll, because you're on it and watching those numbers. who can better handle the job of the commander in chief? what did the poll tell us? >> we asked that in our most recent survey. by about 16 points there, americans think that the president rather than mitt romney could handle the role of commander in chief better. it's no surprise, we've seen president's numbers for a couple years better on international issues, foreign policy, the wars ' afghanistan and iraq than on the economy and other issues. so for now at least that's one of the reasons you're seeing romney and in the primaries with the other republican candidates tried to beat up the president when it comes to such matters, ashleigh. >> i don't think this question was asked prior to the whole thing with osama bin laden. maybe it wouldn't change. >> fair point. time to check the stories
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making news this morning. more than 100 al qaeda documents discovered embedded in a porn video on a microchip. the plans detail future terror targets that are being described by intelligence officials as pure gold. they were taken from an al qaeda operative who was arrested last year by german authorities and they include plans to seize cruise ships and execute the passengers. >> also, want to take a look at this surveillance video of two men setting fire to a bar in houston and then barricading the doors with the customers still inside. one of the suspects surrendered after seeing himself on tv. but houston police say he will not give them the name of his accomplice. everybody managed to escape that april 19th fire through another exit, thank god. and who knows if a plea bargain may force that information out. >> wow. >> unbelievable. home ownership hit a 15-year low in the first quarter of 2011 with many delinquent borrowers
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losing their homes to foreclosure. the percentage now of americans owning their own home fell a full percentage point over the past 12 months. 65.4% own their home. that's down nearly 4 percentage points from 1997. >> christine, this one is for you. ready? >> sometimes it is cool to show big gear stuff. it's a british tank flattening the home in kesoda, minnesota. the owners decided to have a whole lot of fun doing it. oh, look at that. >> somebody is going to do it with a piece of machinery anyway. we figured we might as well show you what tanks can do. >> i went through a barn, never a house. >> only in kesoda, see that, drive a tank. it was a dog. the tank is provided by a company called drive a tank.
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it gives civilians a chance to actually drive a tank. usually i think there's pretty strong restrictions on where you can drive that tank. if it's your home, i suppose that's your right. there's nothing quite like seeing a picture like that. >> that takes demolition derby to a whole new level. >> i want to do ths. i want to drive a tank. i've been in a couple tanks. i want to drive a tank. is that crazy? >> no. >> look how excited they are. >> they agree. >> the finish line, just the start of something beautiful. c.j. wise got down on one knee, popped the question to his girlfriend at the end of the oklahoma cityç memorial marath. between gasps of catching her breath, she said yes. they ran the entire race together, finished at the same time. that's a good sign for things to come. >> he ran the 26.2 miles with
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the ring in his pocket. >> sweaty kiss. >> i can't imagine not worrying about losing the ring. >> look at her. >> mine was not that hard to get. >> what would have happened if one of them said i just can't finish. honey, you have to finish. lovely, great story. ahead on "early start," we love this one, it's a church where you have to be over 21 and your sunday best is good leather. yep. you're watching "early start." ig is enough to keep it clean? while brushing misses germs in 75% of your mouth, listerine cleans virtually your entire mouth. so take your oral health to a whole new level. listerine... power to your mouth. fight both fast with new tums freshers! concentrated relief that goes to work in seconds and freshens breath. new tums freshers. ♪ tum...tum...tum...tum... tums! ♪ [ male announcer ] fast relief, fresh breath,
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welcome back. it's 53 minutes past the hour. good time to check on what's trending on the interwebs. this one comes from the tmi file. too much information. it comes from the national zoo. are you ready for this? the zoo decided to live tweet the artificial insemination of a female giant panda. >> come on. this is zoology. >> i'm with you. it's just a little creepy. no privacy. >> it happened yesterday in washington. it's the second try after the first insemination on sunday, all of this after attempts with her mate to actually do it the natural way didn't work so well. >> what's natural when they tell you who your mate is going to be. >> and everyone's watching you. here's your hotel room, you've got an audience. >> parentally the male mate, a bit of a dud in the sack, so to
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speak. the zoo says, according to "the washington post," he has proved to be a clueless lover. flawed technique. >> bring on the petri dish, i guess. >> hey, hey, it's being tweeted so you can follow along if you're into that stuff. you get a bible and a belt in the bible belt. >> i want to hear you scream! [ screaming ] >> a biker bar called the drunk monkey is holding a sunday church service. the pastor raised the $1,000 needed to live stream his sermons to the church. the bar's owner is also offering free brunch for those who come to worship there. >> some people don't have their sunday best, they just have what they have. they get a chance to come here. >> he went and found the people where they were. >> i like the idea. call me crazy. >> get a bloody mary, hail mary, bloody mary, all in one shot. >> good one. >> very clever. you're very clever.
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we love this one. you've got to see the video to believe it. guy in china who didn't need a bike lock. he has a bike guard. watch what happens when he gets on the bike. what do you do with the dog? >> you are kidding me. >> i'm not kidding. look at this. and they're ready to go. >> are you ready? >> this has been a youtube sensation. li li is known around tone as the bike hugging dog. >> dogs are so loyal, so smart. >> i love this. look at this. amazing. >> he's not saying we but he's not saying no. new jersey governor chris christie seeming to be leaving the door open just a crack when asked if he'd consider being a running mate for mitt romney. hear it for yourself, exactly what he said, parse it like crazy, all coming up, ahead.
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very good morning to you. that is the cnn sign on the circle new york city. it is 6:00 a.m. on the east coast. it's awesome to have you with us, it's "early start," i'm ashleigh banfield. >> i'm christine romans. zoraida is off today. 6:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started. al qaeda and attack plans, it's all been found hidden porn. police uncovered embedded files on a memory card meant only for senior leadership to see but we got exclusive details on future plots including taking over cruise ships. remember the night when lions and tigers and cheetahs
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and monkeys ran wild in ohio? the widow of the man who let the animals loose is getting some of them back the ones that weren't shot dead. we'll talk to the man from the columbus zoo who took them in. governor chris christie keeping his vp buzz alive, leaving the door open a wee crack. al qaeda's darkest plans discovered in porn film. more than 100 internal documents detailing past attacks and future potential terror targets taken from an al qaeda operative arrested by german authorities last year. that operative was searched by police who found a microchip hidden in his underwear with a pornographic video.
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they found information embedded in the clips. nic robertson is live in london. good morning. >> good morning, ashleigh. what the police discovered are many, many documents, some they believe written by core al qaeda leaders. it recognizes that al qaeda is having a hard time with counterterrorism officials. it wants to get as many of its recruits back from the training camps in pakistan, back into europe so that they can confuse counterterrorism officials, it wants a twin track approach for low cost, easy to pull off operations and one of the big operations they want to commit is to attack cruise ships. >> he says that we could hijack a passenger ship on the sea and then use it to pressurize the
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public. what he most likely means is that they would then start executing passengers. >> there was another document contained as well that reveals details we've never seen before about the 77 attack in london, the plot only allowing us to carry 100 milliliters on an aircraft. an engineer who put together that whole plan. >> this is what al qaeda wants to do. do they have the actual capability to pull this off? >> some of the plans documents is incredibly revealing. they're saying they recognize the counterterrorism officials are getting better, they're losing people to drone strikes in pakistan, that they are so concerned that in some cases they're not even planning and
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plotting operations and that's why they're coming up with this new target list, if you will, to try to continue the attacks because they know they're under so much pressure and certainly what we've seen in europe, the ideas they've laid out, they're still trying to pull them off. >> nic robertson, thank you so much. exactly one year ago president obama made a chilling announcement on national television that changed the world forever. >> tonight i can report to the american people and to the world that the united states has conducted an operation that killed osama bin laden, the leader of al qaeda. >> fast forward one year and osama bin laden is still affecting u.s. politics. in fact, the raid that killed him is becoming the hottest topic on the campaign trail. the president touting his role in the operation and questioning whether his rival, mitt romney, whether he would have achieved the same result.
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>> i said that i'd go after bin laden if we had a clear shot at him, and i did. if there are others who have said one thing and now suggest they'd do something else, then i'd go ahead and let them explain it. >> romney may get a chance to do just that when he visits a new york if i firehouse today to mark the one-year anniversary of bin laden's death, he'll be joined by former new york mayor rudy giuliani. our peter bergen got documents from the raid and talk to you about who bin laden wanted dead. may day protests kicking off all over the world t is international workers day and labor groups are protesting for better working conditions, more jobs and higher wages. several thousand workers marched in japan earlier this morning and tens of thousands marching in russia, alongside
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president-elect vladimir putin and dmitry medvedev. here more than 100 protests are expected. the golden ferry will shut down. the officials say the service should start over at 2:15 this afternoon. groups are planning other demonstrations and calling for a nationwide strike, a day without the 99%. a 17-member task force is set to begin examining florida's stand your ground law in the wake of the trayvon martin shooting. they'll hear testimony across florida and the task force includes a retired judge, attorneys, members of neighborhood watch programs, two state representatives and two state senators. you remember the night last year when dangerous animals ran wild in ohio until they had to
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be shot dead? a woman is getting five of the animals, her husband committed suicide with the animals running free amongst the community. that man, terry thompson, released more than 50 of the animals back in october including wolves, lions, bears, most having to be hunted down and shot. five of them surviving, and they've been kept in quarantine. state officials cleared the animals of any dangers or dangerous disease and thompson's widow intends to keep them on the farm. we'll talk to the man who took care of the animals while in quarantine, find out why he says it is not a good idea to return them to their old conditions. the grand ole opry filed a
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lawsuit against the government, claiming it caused $250 million in damage on the result of the negligence of the u.s. army corps of engineers, saying it botched the operation of the upper river dam and failed to give nashville ample oning. a gut-wrenching day on the stand for cheri young, the former wife of andrew young. after taking a break, the judge dismissed the jury early but cheri young is expected back on the stand this morning and the cross-examination may be even tougher. how does romney/christie grab you? chris christie insisted he's not vice president material but not ruling it out. he was speaking to a group of high school students and one intrepid high schooler asked him if he'd consider being mitt
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romney's running mate. >> i have no interest to be a vice president but if governor roll me know called and asked me to sit down, because you owe the party that level of respect and he might be able to convince me. he's a convincing guy. christie has consistently been mentioned as a top candidate for the number two job along with rob portman, marco rubio and paul ryan. >> he knew the cameras were running. eight minutes past the top of the hour. still ahead on "early start" extremely intense video, take a look at this, a raver who climbed real high and fell real, real low, but the good news is he's okay but how on earth did he get that high? the white house said defending drone strikes to take
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targets are absolutely pure gold but here is how they were discovered by german authorities apparently found embedded on a porn video microchip taken from an al qaeda operative last year, they include plans to use cruise ships and execute the passengers on board. may day protests happening all over the world, labor groups with marches and global demonstrations calling for better conditions, more jobs, higher wages. worker strike in california is shutting down the golden gate ferry this morning. officials say service will restart at 2:15 this afternoon and occupy protesters said to kick off later this morning. three siblings sentenced to between 18 and 32 years behind bars in colorado for a multi-state crime spree last year. lee grace, ryan dougherty and half brother dylan stanley dougherty were captured after a shoot-out with police in august and still face charges shooting
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at a police officer in florida and robbing a bank in georgia. crazy video out of sydney, australia, a man falls 60 feet off of scaffolding and amazingly he survived, it happens at the kreenfields music festival. he snuck past security, climbed up the scaffolding and suffered minor injuries. witnesses say he gave a thumbs up after he got up. he was transferred to the hospital, discharged himself and went right back to the festival. >> that's hard core partying and now he has the video to show his kids. so proud. yo boo-boo, there's a bear in the backyard. 300-pound bear as well. it was spotted wandering down a sidewalk and this was not rural, folks. this was suburban denver and it happened yesterday. the bear hopped a five-foot fence and was just chillin' in a family's backyard, hanging out, the owners said they have children who play out there,
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luckily at the time, though, everybody was inside and safe so animal control officers tranquilized the bear and it just went off night-night in the backyard before they were able to transport it back to the wild where he's safer and probably a lot more happy as are the neighbors. >> used to be he took the pie off the window sill but no one bakes anymore. >> about what the picinic basket? >> weather update, rob marciano drops by. >> yog like a little yogi bear in the morning. hail, the video coming from north texas, headley te, texas, hail coming down in ping-pong, golf ball size and some cases baseball size so damaging hail there, and we had well over 20 reports of this stuff, six reports of tornadoes from severe weather. that cluster of thunderstorms or the associated disturbance is moving across parts of missouri
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and arkansas right now, all the watches and warnings have been allowed to expire but it's moving good. st. louis will be the next stop with this. heavy rains have fallen as well, ten inches of doppler estimates there. because of that flood warnings and watches have been posted. two to four inches of additional rainfall. threat for severe weather, minneapolis to oklahoma back through kansas city or just north of there in through omaha and that warm front is moving across the northeast, going to bring you rainfall from boston back to new york and philadelphia but after that rain comes through, temperatures will pump up. here is where the heat is. yesterday temps into the 90s with record-breaking stuff t will make its way up into the northeast today, the high temperature in d.c. of 85 degrees. 74 degrees in new york city so after a cool weekend temperatures rebounding into may and in some cases june-like temps. >> we both had the same reaction, you are hilarious.
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we have to make sure you said hail, hail yeah, because of the hailstones. you are a funny man, rob marciano. >> i'm glad you clarified that, saving my job, one clarification at a time. >> all right, my friend, thanks for that. >> bye. in georgia a 1-year-old boy falls 20 feet down a storm drain. firefighters are too big to fit into the drain, a foot wide, they called in 4'11" firefighter rosa telas, removed her gear, squeezed into the one-foot opening and rescued that boy. earlier i asked her about the rescue. >> he was like velcro, he was clutching and i could hardly manipulate him because he was terrified and didn't want me to take my hands off of him. it was a little bit difficult and we did not have that much space to maneuver but we were able to get him up to my
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shoulders and then like a military press over my head. >> rosa says she's claustrophob claustrophobic, once she saw the little boy her fear went away, the 1-year-old boy darnell escaped with minor bruises and scrapes. he's home, he's fine. >> look at him, so calm. usually you'd expect to see -- >> his mom was pretty calm, too, she said he's fine, but it was not a pretty moment for him. >> no, but they don't get cuter than that little guy. delta airlines has a bold, new plan to go where no airline has ever gone before and we're not talking about flying. we're talking about the oil business. it's something christine figured out how it's a risky move but it could pay off. you'll find out all about it. hi, i'm rah monday dough dominguez a racehorse jockey. i have been able to participate
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it is 23 minutes past 6:00 on the east coast, we're minding your business as we like to do on a regular basis. delta airlines is getting into the oil refinery business. it didn't sound right. i didn't get it at first. >> traynor, pennsylvania, is where we find this situation, delta, an airline, runs on jet fuel, 40% of its cost jet fuel and needs to secure supplies. by buying an oil refinery it secured 80% of its jet fuel needs cutting out the middleman. we've been hearing rumblings but to analysts it started to make
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sense. >> when we first heard about it two months ago i said no way in the world. >> reporter: tell me what's happening with delta and the refinery. >> delta is going to try something really interesting, looking at it, saying we're tired of paying $10 or more over the price of crude, which is very expensive for jet fuel. >> they secured the delivery network for the blood that runs its body, right, jet fuel, reaching throughout the northeast including hubs at jfk and laguardia airports. the price tag for the refinery itself $150 million to the owner conoco phillips. they say they'll put another $100 million to upgrade to maximize how much jet fuel they're getting out. it's a lot of money. will it help delta save money, $150 million, they think so. >> the refinery might cost $150 million, $200 million. from delta that's less than they'd pay for a modern 777 aircraft. >> they're also going to take the jet fuel, the other gasoline
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and diesel they refine there and trade it to other places for more jet fuel so they're just going to double down on the jet fuel and the traynor facility is idle. the fact an airline would want an oil refinery underscores a drama unfolding in the northeast. over half the refining on the east coast is shut down or could shut down later this year so they're making sure no matter what happens to the economics overall of the northeast refining capacity, they have a refinery churning out jet fuel that they could put in their airplanes. >> but not more fuel-efficient airplanes which i found fascinating. we love tapping your financial wisdom, if i could get one thing about my finances, one thing you need to know. >> today is may day, occupy wall street movements. this is an important day for workers rights. we love protests, however, you are a job market of one and you
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are an education of one, right. >> an economy of one. >> an economy of one and you're hearing calls from occupy wall street supporters you should not go to work and you should not go to school and i want to you think very carefully about that today because you, only you can get move up in your job, only you if you're out of work can get a job for yourself and only you can get the right education for yourself so be careful about the calls to stay away from work. i'm not saying don't do it. contemplate carefully because if you want a better job and a better education should you not go to work and not go to school to get that. >> if you want its message, how do you get the message out? it's an excellent quandary for people to be in but love having her here. 26 minutes past 6:00. ahead on "early start," got a big demolition job? i love this, get yourself your own personal tank and tear down that wall.
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i tell you what i can spend. i do my best to make it work. i'm back on the road safely. and i saved you money on brakes. that's personal pricing. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans in for zoraida sambolin this morning. here what's happening at half past the hour. more than 100 internal al qaeda documents that detail future terror targets are being described by intelligence officials as pure gold. they were found by german authorities embedded in a porn video on a microchip taken from an al qaeda operative last year, they include plans to seize
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cruise ships and execute the passengers. may day protests for workers' rights happening all over the world. labor strike has shut down the golden gate ferry this morning and other cities are bracing for more disruption as occupy wall street plans to regroup. the wife of former john edwards aide, andrew young, will be back on the witness stand this morning. cheri young broke down in tears yesterday and jurors had to be excused early after she testified the former senator asked her family to hide an affair he was having, hide it for the good of the country. >> thank you. half dozen dangerous and exotic animals including two leopards and a brown bear are on the verge of being shipped back to a farm where their owner mysteriously set them free into the community last year and then killed himself. you may remember animal control officers scrambling to find the dangerous animals on the loose in their community, and then being forced to hunt down and
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shoot almost all of the 56 animals to prevent people from being attacked and killed. you can see the carnage in these pictures here on your screen, and now the widow of the man who caused that crisis wants the animals back on her farm, and there may be nothing that anyone can do about this. tom south of the columbus zoo and aquarium where the surviving leopards, bears and pri mamates have been housed joins with us. why are the animals going back where the crisis emanated from? >> unfortunately ohio is one of few states that do not have any type of standards of care or restrictions on restricted species or dangerous, wild animals. due to the fa kt that there isn't current laws, there's no choice for the state but, after quarantine, releasing them back to marianne thompson.
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>> is marianne thompson equipped to handle these animals because we clearly know her husband was not after he released them and killed himself and put that community in such dire danger. >> i was there on october 19th, part of the capture and recovery team, and it was a horrific day. what i saw as what you would consider their holding their cages were definitely not adequate. i haven't been back to marianne thompson's property but the day that i was there, i saw the primates in small bird cages, the bear outside on an old pool deck in what i would consider a parrot cage, and the leopards in a chain-link fence with little to know shelter, feces, mud, just no standards of care at all, so we are deeply concern at the columbus zoo and aquarium that officials will inspect the
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facility before the animals will leave our property. >> so there's two issues here. number one is the danger to the animals themselves in conditions that you're describing and number two, the danger to people living nearby because it happened once, those animals got free, they were turned loose and as i understand it, miss thompson is not very commune kaive with authorities. >> well, i can also tell you that when we were there, we witnessed some of their holding areas holes cut into the sides of the cages, so yes it's a concern. >> gosh. >> when we talk about the proper standards of care, we want to talk about proper holding facilities and having a perimeter fence, so if in an unfortunate incident an animal would leave its primary holding area, it would still be contained. >> the biggest question our viewers who perhaps don't live in your state would be asking
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now, aren't there laws in place at the very minimum just to keep people safe from others who would like to have pets like you're seeing on your screen who perhaps shouldn't be pets? >> there are laws. they would be enforced by law enforcement. there would also be health officials and humane societies that could come in and ensure that there's proper care, and that it's safe for the general public. >> so we have to return the animals to mrs. thompson and then get a warrant of some kind to go and check the facility to make sure it's safe for the animals and safe for the surrounding neighbors? >> well, at the columbus zoo and aquarium, we have been a resource for the state and also for marianne thompson. we are providing the information and have served on task forces to educate the senators and legislation to pass a bill.
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fortunately, the bill has passed the senate and on to the house now, but in the meantime, it will be up to law enforcement and the state of ohio and also local health officials, humane society, to ensure that the animals are cared for and that people are safe. >> i certainly hope this story turns out well and i appreciate you taking the time to talk us through it, tom stalf, chief operating officer with the columbus zoo thank you for being with us today. >> thank you. a year after osama bin laden was killed we're beginning to learn more about the leader from al qaeda months before he was killed. bin laden was worried about his legacy and al qaeda's repetition. "the washington post" reports bin laden didn't like the proposed idea of using a killing machine dubbed the human lawnmower, widely talked about on al qaeda linked websites revolved attaching rotating blades to the front of a pickup truck and driving it into
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crowds. cnn's peter bergen traveled to the compound and had access to the documents found in the raid. >> the picture that emerged, bin laden is calling for big attacks, kill general we tray yos, preside petraeus. >> bergen says bin laden knew al qaeda's reputation was tarnished and bin laden was afraid with what the drone strikes were doing to the terrorist organization. two grandparents arrested for hitching her hot wheels toy car to the back of their suv using dog leashes and taking her on a drive. deputies in sarasota county say both grandparents were drunk. they spotted the 7-year-old girl wearing only a bathing suit and no helmet. thankfully the little girl was not harmed. because sometimes it's cool
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to break stuff here's video of a british tank flattening a home in midtown, minnesota. it was slated for demolition anyway so the owners decided to have a little fun. we figure we'd show you what tanks can do. >> only in casota would they do something like this. >> i went through a barn, never a house. >> oh, wow. yes, that was a dog in a tank. the tank was provided by a company called "drive a tank" which gives civilians ability to drive through a tank, in this case through a home. >> i want that for my birthday this year, i want to drive a tank. i don't know if i want to drive it through a home. >> what are you going to drive it through? >> central park would be fun. >> permits, wouldn't work. call bloomberg. >> don't call bloomberg. coming up, osama bin laden is still impacting america one
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year after his death, how the president and his top rival are turning the terrorists' demise into their very own talking points. a quick check of your travel forecast with rob marciano. >> good morning guys, thunderstorms rolling through the midwest brought severe weather yesterday. st. louis and memphis eventually will be in the path as they roll off toward the east. the northeast will see showers as well, a warm front bringing warmer temperatures for you. yesterday heat into the 90s and severe threat across the upper midwest. here are your forecast highs for today. some folks will touch 90. 85 degrees in d.c., 74 in new york stock exchange. it's 20 minutes to the hour. "early start" is coming right back. [ male announcer ] if you stash tissues
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good morning, washington, hello white house. 63 degrees right now, later going up to 85 and thunderstorms. >> is that fog blowing by the camera? >> i think that's always -- some kind of a cameraman smoking? >> it's some sort of a vent. >> just checking. he's been dead for a year but osama bin laden still has a big effect on white house politics. the white house is using the anniversary of his demise to pump up the re-election bid, questioning whether mitt romney would have ordered the raid that would have eliminated the world's most wanted terrorist. let the politics begin. >> i said that i'd go after bin laden if we had a clear shot at him and i did. if there are others who have
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said one thing and now suggest they'd do something else, then i'd go ahead and let them explain it. >> all right, cnn political editor paul steinhauser live in washington. good morning, paul. >> reporter: we've got a political fight here. >> i think so. >> the comments from mitt romney earlier yesterday on the campaign trail in new hampshire, the president responding at a news conference referring to comments romney made four years ago when he was first running for the white house questioning whether it would be worth getting bin laden and how much of an effect it would have on taking out al qaeda's terrorist network. the romney campaign responding to the president's comments saying this "it's unfortunate president obama would prefer to use what was a good day for all americans as a cheap political ploy and an opportunity to distort governor romney's strong policies on the war on terror." this started thursday, a
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campaign video from the obama campaign questioning romney and using president clinton to praise president obama's decision-making process. we've heard a lot of criticism from republicans pushing back saying the president and his team is definitely making way too much of this and politicizing it. here is the conservative columnist and commentator jonah goldbe goldberg. >> president of the united states said we shouldn't gloat about it, running campaign ads gloating about it saying the other guy isn't tough enough to do the things i did which i think is reprehensible? >> rep. henceible? >> going by obama's own standards i think is reprehensible. >> the president's response to the criticism in the news conference said "i hardly think you've seen any excessive celebration taking place here." we've seen the president's foreign policy come under attack by republicans, definitely part of this campaign and it will continue to be straight through february. >> the president came out with a new ad this morning.
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what's it say? >> it's interesting, playing in ohio, virginia and iowa. of course you know iowa, battleground states and the ad starts back by pushing against republican ads that calls the president part of big oil's interest and touts the president's green energy program which conservatives have heavily criticized and listen to what it says about governor romney. >> what about mitt romney? has a corporate ceo, he shipped jobs to places like mexico and china. as governor he outsourced jobs to a call center in india, still pushing for tax breaks for jobs who are pushed overseas. >> this is all about defining your opponent, the obama campaign trying to define mitt romney more negatively. >> six more months of this, paul steinhauser thanks. >> buckle up.
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47 minutes past 6:00. soledad o'brien joining us with what's ahead on "starting point." >> hey there, in about 15 minutes on "starting point" we'll talk about the one-year anniversary of the killing of osama bin laden. new york city police commissioner ray kelly will talk about the terror threat today and how handling al qaeda changed in the country. plus the ironman cal ripken jr. joins us, telling us how he's helping restore joplin, missouri, after the tornadoes. and for michael jordan it was his dream to be in the olympics. his mom tells us how the dream turns her into a dream of all-time. she has a book. much more ahead at the start of the top of the hour. we'll see you then. bringing people together to bring new ideas to life. look. it's so simple.
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good morning, this just in to cnn, rupert murdoch and his media empire deliberately led the parliament about the scope of the phone hacking scandal at the now defunct "news of the world" tabloid, the conclusion
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of a committee of lawmakers in london. their report released moments ago concluded "the behavior of "news international" and certain witnesses in this affair demonstrated contempt for that system in the most blatant fashion. lawmakers went on to say rupert murdoch is "not a fit and proper person to run a major international company." the findings could prompt british regulators to force murdoch to sell his controlling stake in b sky b, british sky broadcasting. >> that is the no the end of that story you can bet today. may day protests happening today all over the world. marches and global demonstrations calling for better working conditions, more jobs and higher wages. workers strike in california is shutting down the golden gate ferry. officials say the service will start at 2:15 this morning.
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hello, columbus circle in new york city, a little damp out there but a beautiful day and beautiful greenery to see as well. four minutes before the top of the hour. couple cute stories, she's been involved in politics before and president obama asked to see her birth certificate once upon a time. 90-year-old betty white has her pick in california's congressional district race, she appeared in an ad alongside wendy malik for howard berman. her love of animals is the deciding factor. >> betty if you want a friend in washington you no he what you do? >> get a dog. that's what i've been told. >> and what else?
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>> reelect ocongressman ronald berman the valley leader who fights for the humane treatment of all animals. you get the bible and a belt in the bible belt. >> how about that? >> will you scream? >> it's a biker bar in oklahoma, it's called the drunk monkey, and now you can go to church there, it's holding a sunday service. the pastor of a local congregation raised $1,000 that he needed to livestream his sermons right into the bar, making it a church. the bar's owners are offering free brunch for people who come to worship. >> that's nice. >> people don't have their sunday best. they just have what they have so they get a chance to come here, don't get judged. >> sunday best with your dreadlocks and nose ring and martini and bloody mary and hail mary there. >> i give you the credit you just brought that up. we got another piece of video
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you've got to see if you're not going to see it on your computer today you'll see it here, now. this is a cute little bike lock named lili. instead of running alongside the loaner, this is how lili rides with the owner. up you go and all right, dad, ready to go and we're off. that is one of the best cuties and fuzzies of the day. cutest bike lock, lili on the back of the bike, known around town as the bike hugging dog. >> one word, adorable. i love it. >> and how efficient. man's best friend and ballast for your bike. that's the reque"the news from " soledad o'brien with "starting point." al qaeda's attack plans found hidden in pornography and reports of a new threat maybe on
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the one-year anniversary of aboutle billion's death, terrorists wearing body bombs trying to board flights. just how safe are we? we'll talk with new york city police commissioner ray kelly. occupy wall street trying to regroup calling for a day without the 99%, hoping for a nationwide disruption. plus cal ripken jr., many credit with him with saving baseball after the 1994 strike and now helping rebuild joplin after the devastating tornadoes, it's tuesday, may 1st and "starting point" begins right now. welcome, everybody, wreaking news to get to first, rupert murdoch and his media empire deliberately misled the british parliament about the scope of that phone hacking scandal at the now defunct "news of the world" tabloid, a finding that has just come in from a committee of lawmakers in london. their report was released in the last hour and concludes "the
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